Upsetting
Thursday, December 12, 2002
 
I always thought it was a little condescending and presumptuous when the utilities here in California doubled our electricity rates a couple of years ago and then launched an embarrassing media campaign urging The People to conserve energy.

They gave us hints on how to use less electricity. They told us how to pay the same amount of money for half of what we got before the rate hikes.

I know that there are politicians in Sacramento – and elsewhere, I’m sure – who rolled over for the big Texas energy companies, but the power companies, to twist an old saying, were absolutely corrupt.

It turns out that the companies only overcharged California by $1.8 billion.

I wonder if the president of the United States or any of his family or cronies and Enron people profited by knifing us Californians in the belly with greedy blades.

I’m sorry that you find me unpatriotic for not blindly supporting The Administration’s blunt agenda, but I was raised to be suspicious of people who don’t give reason and support to their arguments. I’m also wary of Texas politicians – fuck it, any politician – even if their hands may be clean regarding our power crisis.

I know that reasonable debate is dead in this country, but I’m taking back what’s mine.

 
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